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From The Principal

Hello Graebner Families,


I am so happy to be your interim principal and excited to start a new school year here at Graebner. I will send out a monthly Dolphin Dispatch by email but you can also find the monthly letter here on the website, along with school calendars, PTO news and events, district news and more. Please always feel free to contact me by email or phone anytime with questions or concerns. I am not the only "new face" here at Graebner. Our office has a new Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Hillary Booton and office clerk Ms. Kasey Rohrich. They will be glad to assist you in any way that they can.


Teachers are busy getting their rooms ready for your arrival. Our first day of school is September 3rd. This will be a half day with school getting out at 11:29am. The first full day is Wednesday, September 4th. The Graebner PTO Annual Back to School Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, September from 6:00pm-7:30pm. We will be out in the back on the playground. Please stop by to socialize, see all of your friends and enjoy some ice cream.

Jami Wood, Interim Principal


The staff of Graebner Elementary School, within an ordered, nurturing environment, defines its mission as follows: to teach children to learn academic and social skills in a positive and cooperative manner and to enhance self esteem, so as to prepare children to become contributing, successful members of society.

The following dates have been confirmed.  As additional dates are provided, I will share them with you.

First Student Day:                   
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 (Full day secondary, Half day elementary)

Thanksgiving Break:               
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019

Winter Break:                          
Monday, December 23, 2019 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020

MLK Jr Holiday:                     
Monday, January 20, 2020

Mid-Winter Break:                  
Monday, February 17, 2020 through Friday, February 21, 2020

Spring Break:                          
Monday, April 6, 2020 through Friday, April 10, 2020

Additional dates and calendar elements including but not limited to potential further closed dates, half-days, exam schedules conference windows and the end of school date continue to be considered and will be released once determined.

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link